I saw 2 or 3 questions about "visiting Israel and Palestine". I commented that Palestine is not a country and added a link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states . In addition to a list of countries (which does not include "Palestine"), there is also a section on the international criteria of inclusion, which states:
possess[es] the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states
which should make it clear why "Palestine" is not included (to anyone aware of the facts).
One could argue that "Palestine" refers to a region and not a country and thus would be legitimate, but then it makes no sense to refer to "Israel and Palestine" because the region of Palestine includes all the territory of the country of Israel.
So my question here is: why were my comments deleted?
Hopefully this question will not get deleted!